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Lecture Series: Care, Disability, and Art

Thursday, 18:15-20:00

[Image description: A layout in gray tones with ornamental elements and the title of the lecture series in large, slightly slanted letters. In-between is an image of a work by Jilian Crochet, a soft sculpture with organic shapes covered with velvet. The flyer, created by Rietlanden Women’s Office, looks like it was designed with adhesive strips on a photocopier.]

This lecture series invites artists and researchers who engage with the social and political dimensions of care at the intersection of race, gender and disability in art and art history. This interdisciplinary approach will be reflected in the themes presented, such as speculative access, crip time, and the critique of the construction of normative bodies. In addition to the conjunctures between contemporary art history, disability theory, feminist and queer approaches, as well as postcolonial perspectives, the sessions will open up new discursive avenues for questioning the representation of the body and its relationship to a more informed and responsible framing that supports experiences of “complex embodiment.” The aim is to introduce a new language and methodology to consider how disability aesthetics informs art critical discourse and production. This interdisciplinary lecture series is organized by the research group “Rethinking Art History through Disability” at the University of Zurich, in collaboration with the Master Fine Arts at the Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK. The course will include a mix of in-class and online sessions. Closed captions will be provided. For any other access needs, please contact Virginia Marano ( You can download the program here.

The sessions will take place on Thursdays, from 18:15 to 20:00, approximately every two weeks. The dates are March 2, March 16, March 30, April 20, May 4, May 11, and June 1. You will find more information under the heading "public events".


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